Many drivers on the road are aware of the basic laws stating what they
can and cannot do. Everyone must follow these laws. However, did you know
that there are laws that drivers of passenger vehicles and commercial
truck drivers share? There are also some that differ. Knowing and understanding
these laws can go a long way in helping you. Truck drivers must strictly
follow a specific set of rules to make sure they are safe on the roads.
At Power, Rogers & Smith, L.L.P., our Chicago truck accident lawyers know
that breaking the specific laws can result in a serious
truck accident. If you’ve been injured, reach out to our firm and learn how we
may be able to help you.
Driving While Texting
Just like in any vehicle, it is illegal for a commercial truck driver to
text while driving. Unfortunately, due to the large size of a commercial
truck, any distractions can cause the driver to lose control and a disastrous
accident can occur.
Drunk driving, while illegal for both commercial and passenger vehicles,
holds stricter for truck drivers. In smaller passenger vehicles, the legal
blood alcohol limit is 0.08%. On the other hand, a commercial truck driver
has a legal limit of 0.04%.
Driving Through Rest Breaks
Commercial truck drivers are required to adhere to a strict break schedule.
Commercial truck drivers are limited to a maximum average work week of
70 hours. Within the first 8 hours on shift, the driver must take a 30-minute
break. If a driver reaches the 70 hours in a single work week, they must
rest for 34 consecutive hours, including two nights, before they can resume
driving. There are also limits on the total for the day, including 11-hour
daily driving and a 14-hour work day limits.
Exceed Specific Speed Limits
Certain highways require commercial truck drivers to drive at a speed lower
than the normal limit. This is often done because there may be a steep
grade or sharp turns and it is the best way to prevent an accident. Exceeding
these speed limits is not just illegal, but also dangerous.
Drive Without Logging Travel Hours
Commercial truck drivers are now required to electronically log their work
hours. This is to prevent them from driving while fatigued and maintain
the safety of both the commercial truck driver, as well as other drivers
on the road.
Were you or someone you love injured in a truck accident? If so,
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